Knowing how to create a black eye has been useful for my Halloween costumes and photography assignments. This tutorial will show you how to create a black eye without stage makeup. It is quick, easy, and, best of all, cheap! While stage makeup is effective for theatre, it can be hard to find and looks fake off the stage. Regular makeup is easy to find and has a more realistic look to it.

The makeup I used in this tutorial comes from a brand called Smashbox, which is a more expensive brand that can only be found in speciality makeup stores. Expensive eyeshadows are of a higher quality because they are made with finely ground powder that makes the pigment richer, but expensive brands are not needed for this tutorial. I used them because they happened to be on hand.

Drugstore makeup brands will more than likely have all of these eyeshadow colors since they are common. If you are only using these eyeshadows for this project, I would recommend buying from the cheapest brand possible, like N.Y.C, for example.

What’s most important to remember when selecting the eyeshadows is to use ones that are “matte", which means without any type of glitter. Glitter, needless to say, would ruin the realistic elements that is needed to successfully accomplish this particular look.

As for the tools I used, there is nothing special about them. I used a basic eyeshadow brush that came with a palette of eyeshadows. There are great tools out there, but I think sticking with the basics best serves my purpose since I wear little makeup in my daily life. You could even use your finger instead of an eyeshadow brush if you wanted to. It actually works better because it’s easier to clean and blends the colors more evenly.

I also think that tissues work better than q-tips because those rub off too much of the eyeshadow. Once again, you can get away with using your finger to rub the colors together instead of using a tissue.

The colors I use look more like the colors that make up an actual bruise, which are usually a mix of purple and brown. In my particular palette, there was a yellow eyeshadow that I could have used as well. Yellow would have made the bruise look more faded, but I wanted the bruise to look dark so that it would stand out. 

If you are unsure of what colors you would like to use, I would suggest looking up pictures of real bruises.

To complete this look, you will need:

beige eyeshadow
brown eyeshadow 
maroon eyeshadow
eyeshadow brush


Step 1:

Get a large amount of beige eyeshadow on the brush.
That looks horrible
I like how this ended up looking! I would suggest that you make your intro picture, the finished make-up though.
When I saw the title I clicked to see if it was instructions on how to punch someone! Using drugstore makeup is probably a lot safer...

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